This is a carefully and extensively researched book that paints a memorable picture of perhaps the most memorable event in US military history. There is good pace and impact in the text with the support of a great many outstanding images . – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: The History of NAS Pearly Harbor and the Japanese Attacks of 7 December 1941, This is No Drill FILE: R2736 AUTHOR: J Michael Wenger, Robert j Cressman, John F Di Virgilio PUBLISHER: Naval Institute Press BINDING: hard back PAGES: 261 PRICE: US$44.95 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: 1941, WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, Pacific, Pearl Harbour, US Navy, USAAF, Japan, Imperial Japanese Navy, carrier warfare, strategic bombing, tactical bombing, naval warfare
IMAGE: B2736.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y9xw9bcz LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This is a carefully and extensively researched book that paints a memorable picture of perhaps the most memorable event in US military history. There is good pace and impact in the text with the support of a great many outstanding images . - Most Highly Recommended The surprise attack by Japanese Navy aircraft on the US Pacific Fleet in port was a great shock to Americans. As a military action, it may be considered a failure because the USN carriers were at sea and escaped attack. The US Navy was able to rapidly move assets from the Atlantic seaboard and US shipyards were soon constructing replacement vessels of greater power and flexibility. The iconic nature of the incident has produce acres of print over the years, but this new book charts its own course with new detail and insights. The illustration is outstanding and the text electric, making this one of the foremost accounts of the battle and a durable reference book with extensive notes and bibliography. The Japanese had been impressed by the British carrier attack on the Italian Fleet in harbour and took lessons from a study of that battle into the planning of their attack on the USN at Pearl Harbour. There are still many questions outstanding about the conduct of the Japanese and the intelligence available to the US Federal Government. Some may never be fully answered. What can be reviewed is the conduct of the US military on the scene and the Japanese attackers, with the authors of this work uncovering new material. What makes this a particularly important book is that it presents the vivid recollections of those who were there, American and Japanese. This builds into a detailed combat narrative that recognizes the views from both sides. It contrasts with some earlier reviews of the battle which generally paint the US forces as having been caught unprepared and making little effective response to the attackers. There were many incidents of great courage, no military panic and an aggressive spirit to recover. Many lessons were learned. Most warships in any navy at that date were inadequately equipped to fight naval aircraft. The British were the best equipped, having learned the hard way from the outbreak of war, but even they still had a long way to. By the end of WWII major warships were festooned with anti-aircraft guns and supported by their own naval aviators. This book is a must read for any serious naval history enthusiast and for professionals. It is also the best starting point for those coming new to the topic area.